Matt Crafton may be on to something.
In order to keep the truck series relevant, the two-time champion yearns for the good old days of more standalone tracks on the schedule, including short tracks such as Nashville, Memphis, Mesa Marin in California, Evergreen and Indy Raceway Park.
“I think what we need to do is go to some different places and not just have us racing all the same racetracks,” Crafton told AutoWeek.com. “It’s great to race with the Cup Series, but, at the same time, we need to go to different places, we need more road courses.”
When the tour first started out it was predominately a west coast series with the occasional trip east. More recently the Truck Series and Xfinity as well are pretty much on the same schedule as NASCAR, which many feels takes away from its roots.
“We need another road course, I feel maybe another dirt track,” Crafton added. “Take us to some short tracks and not just all the mile-and-a-halves.”
As a seasoned veteran, Crafton has seen the schedule change numerous times during his tenure in the Truck Series. When he first started in 2000 there were 24 races on the schedule. From 2003-2011 there were 25 races, then in 2012 it went down to 22, The current schedule has 23 races and has been that way since 2015.
“I know NASCAR is in a tough box, you have all the sanctioning fees and the tracks to be able to sell enough seats to be able to pay for those races and a lot of mile-and-a-halves do,” Crafton said. “But I would definitely like to see us go back to quite a few of these tracks.”
“They don’t need to just keep going to the same track, and people just get burned out,” added Crafton. “If you eat the same box of cereal every day, you kind of get burned out on it. You throw a different box in there and everybody wants to try it.”